EnvironmentEPA, Corps agree to new wetland mitigation guidelinesJune 19, 2018 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:Aerial view of braided wetlands and tundra that is typical of the Bristol Bay watershed in Alaska. Upper Talarik Creek (shown here) flows into Lake Iliamna and then the Kvichak River before emptying into Bristol Bay. (Photo by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have beefed up their guidelines for wetlands mitigation in Alaska, elaborating on ways a developer can compensate for disturbing bogs, ponds and streams.The idea of mitigation is that developers are permitted to fill a wetland if they restore or protect a similar property nearby. But mitigation is challenging in Alaska, where much of the state is considered a wetland and opportunities to restore private land in the area may be scarce.Energy & Environment News reviewed wetlands permits in Alaska going back to 2015 and found the Corps had only required mitigation 26 percent of the time.The new agreement between the federal agencies says the mitigation can be farther afield from the construction project and may be on public land. It also allows “out of kind” mitigation, meaning that the project may involve filling a wetland, but the mitigation for it could be the restoration of a stream.It’s unclear whether the guidelines will result in more mitigation projects in Alaska, but Energy & Environment News says it seems to take aim at several of the justifications the Corps used to conclude mitigation was not required for particular permits.Share this story:
By Alex Lennane 20/07/2017 Delta Cargo continues to boost its team, appointing Eric Anderson as director cargo sales Asia Pacific, a job previously held by Eric Wilson, recently promoted to managing director, global cargo sales.Mr Anderson, who has been at the carrier for 10 years, was responsible for managing Delta’s Pacific and Latin American networks.He held a key role in developing the recent joint-venture agreement reached with Korean Air, and previously worked in Tokyo on the airline’s management and pricing strategy for passenger sales.“Eric’s well-rounded commercial background, strategic focus and strong leadership skills will continue the Asia’ team success in delivering strong results,” said Mr Wilson. “He joins the team at an exciting time, with the introduction of the A350 aircraft to our Asia-Pacific network this year, which provides extensive cargo opportunities, as well as the implementation of a range of differentiated products and services in the region including the new CEIV Pharma certification.” Delta’s new A350 arrived at the carrier yesterday.
Home News Farming A 122 acre Laois farm hits the market for sale NewsFarmingProperty WhatsApp By Sean Hennessy – 8th May 2018 Facebook Twitter Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Pinterest Community Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Pinterest A 122 acre farm, situated in Killanure, Mountrath has been put up for sale as of last week.The large block of land has listed in four lots, giving potential buyers of purchasing the entirety or section of the non-residential farm.Lot 1 will be the whole farm in one lot, which includes the 122 acres, and a farm yard that consists various types of sheds. Twitter Council Lot 2 contains 112 acres of the whole block along with the farm yard.Lot 3 holds six acres of land, which can be farmed and it also has potential for a site.Lot 4 will consist of four acres of land, again holding potential for a site and the is also classed a disadvantaged area.The price is available on application, and P.J. Delaney and Seamus Burke are joint auctioneers for this sale.SEE ALSO – Gardai launch appeal after van leaves scene of Laois crash A 122 acre Laois farm hits the market for sale WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGS122 acres for salefarmingKillanureLaoisMountrath Rugby Facebook Previous articleLaois country house rules itself out to host ‘sex party’ as mystery continuesNext articleLate bus service announced for areas of Laois Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding
Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Facebook Twitter TAGSDavid MaherDublin Road Business ParkLaois ChamberPortarlington Planning permission has been sought to develop a Garden Centre in Portarlington – in the Dublin Road Business Park site which was once the home of Butler’s Steel.CMF Garden Centre Ltd have applied for permission to Laois County Council, for what will be €2.5 million development on a four-acre site.Speaking on a recent video interview with Laois Chamber, David Maher, who is behind this project as well as the online GardenShop.ie and FreeTV.ie which are based in Portarlington, said that prior to the Coronavirus he had seen a science park and restaurant in Holland, that was designed and built out of disused 40-foot containers.He was so impressed with the design that he tracked down the architect Julius Taminiau and hired him to design something similar for Portarlington. And a key feature of the design will be that the front will be made up of re-used containers.“Want to have a strong, eco, sustainable footprint,” said David Maher in that video interview.“I know they can be flashy trendy words – but for me the green agenda has always been a huge thing. I’m a keen vegetable grower. I go everywhere on my bicycle. I’ve been a long time member of the Green Party.“Hoping to build a business similar to the Garden shop which is a mixture of quality and valuu.”“The inclusion of a restaurant/coffee dock will also provide a local amenity that will make the development more than a simple retail location,” says the design statement issued to Laois County Council.The statement also adds that it will “focus on local staffing, the sale of local products and showcasing local producers through pop-up markets and displays”.“It will entice local dwellers to visit and stay whilst also facilitating the employees of nearby businesses,” adds the statement.SEE ALSO – €1 million winning lotto ticket sold in Portlaoise – as appeal goes out for winner to come forward Electric Picnic By Laois Hub – 14th July 2020 Pinterest Home News Business Planning permission sought for Garden Centre in Portarlington NewsBusiness Facebook Previous articleLaois’s newest GAA club unveil jerseys ahead of upcoming championshipNext articleNumber of Coronavirus cases in Laois hold relatively steady Laois Hubhttp://www.laoistoday.ieIf you would like your business to feature in The LaoisHub, then email [email protected] or call 057 8670722 or 085 7180700. The LaoisHub is your one stop shop for all your local services. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest News Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Planning permission sought for Garden Centre in Portarlington Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Twitter
Daily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News By Daily NK – 2007.02.06 5:40pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News [imText1]While reports claim that Kim Jong Il’s first son, Kim Jong Nam (36) is cruising a lifestyle in Macau, U.S. experts analyze the possibility of Kim Jong Nam as Kim Jong Il’s heir as downgraded. Ken Gause, the Director of the Foreign Leadership Studies Program for the Center for Strategic Studies, CNA Corporation said at an interview with Radio Free Asia on the 2nd, that though rumors may suggest Kim Jong Il’s preference of Kim Jong Cheol and Kim Jong Woon over Kim Jong Nam as an heir, no one could claim that Kim Jong Nam had been withdrawn as a possible candidate. Director Gause used the reasoning that this was a “characteristic of the Kim Jong Il regime” and explained that though it was a renown fact that Kim Jong Nam did not have the ability to take on the role of improving North Korea’s politics as the North Korean regime was so unclear, he claimed that it was difficult to explicitly announce Kim Jong Nam as removed from the list.Further, he stressed that there were so many speculative rumors in North Korea and indicated the fact that we should not jump at conclusion about the successor of Kim Jong Il. In relation to this, he stated the claims about Kim Jong Nam driven out of Japan while attempting to illegally enter the country; the statements made suggesting that he is living a life traveling around the world; or that he is continuously contacting Kim Jong Il; the rumors that he was caught conversing with his aunt Kim Kyung Hee while in a third world country; and other rumors implying that he was inciting a coup against Jang Sung Taek in China to gain control of the North Korean regime, were all simply rumors. Director Gause added that even if one of Kim Jong Nam’s brothers was placed in the limelight as the next heir there was no guarantee that he would be embraced under the protection of their father Kim Jong Il to fall smoothly into the role of leader. On a different note, following a Japanese newspaper Yomiuri reported on Jan 30th, another Japanese broadcast TBS confirmed on the 2nd that a figure resembling Kim Jong Nam was seen in the city of Macau and claimed as fact that he was residing in the country.Shortly before an anonymous source informed a Hong Kong based newspaper South China Morning Post that Kim Jong Nam had stayed at a 5 star hotel in Macau and that his family was residing at a large villa nearby. News Kim Jong Nam As Successor Doubtful Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter
News [imText1]The Japanese News Network “Fuji” (FNN) reported on the 27th that a person resembling Kim Jong Il’s eldest son Kim Jong Nam visited Paris last week and met with a top neurosurgery specialist. FNN also reported that two days after the visit, the doctor left for Pyongyang. FNN televised a young man resembling Kim entering a neurosurgery hospital in Paris, then getting onto a black luxury sedan two hours later.The man kept tight-lipped to questions about Kim Jong Il’s illness and whether or not his disease has improved, then swiftly left the hospital by car. FNN suggested that Kim Jong Nam’s direct visit to Paris’ top hospital means he must be in charge of Kim Jong Il’s health, as his eldest son. Also, it claimed that Jong Nam’s relaxed demeanor suggests Kim is suffering from a brain disease, but is not in a serious condition.Two days after Kim Jong Nam’s hospital visit, FNN also aired footage of the French specialist whom Kim is suspected to have met getting into a car belonging to the North Korean UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) mission and taking off for Charles de Gaulle International Airport.The doctor did not reply to the question of whether he was on his way to treat Chairman Kim and entered the airport, only saying that he was going to Beijing.FNN explained that the doctor was also in charge of Kim Jong Il’s treatment at the time of his stroke, and that he may have been heading to Pyongyang for Kim Jong Il this time as well.On Tuesday, the Director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service Kim Sung Ho said at a meeting of the Intelligence Committee of the National Assembly that, “He is not good physically but his condition does not look like impeding his work.” Regarding Kim’s condition, AFP quoted Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso on the same day as saying that Kim Jong Il is now in a condition whereby he can make decisions by himself. [imText2][imText3][imText4] Kim Jong Nam in Paris to Invite Doctors RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Namgung Min – 2008.10.29 9:42am Namgung Min News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News SHARE Facebook Twitter
News SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter Ko Jung Mee Loses Case against Chongryon North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News [imText1]Tokyo — Ko Jung Mee, who returned to North Korea from Japan with her parents in 1963 and then re-defected to Japan more than 30 years later, has lost her claim for damages from the Chongryon (General Association of North Korean Residents in Japan). Osaka district court gave its verdict in the case on Monday, saying, “The statute of limitations period is 20 years, but it was 44 years old ago when Ms. Ko went to North Korea. Were she to have brought her lawsuit against Chongryon within six months of getting back to Japan, it would have been reasonable. But, she did so two years and seven months after returning, making it difficult to accept the plaintiff’s claim.”The court decision went on, “Chongryon does not have any obligation for the security of Korean residents heading for North Korea from Japan. No contracts have been made.”Accordingly, Ms. Ko said, “I can understand the law, but it is really regrettable. There are countless people who don’t know the terrible things Chongryon did at that time. In the future, it is necessary to spread news of the tragedy of the Homecoming Project. It must never happen again.”After Ko Jung Mee defected from North Korea in 2003, she sued Chongryon for damages of around 11 million yen because she says she suffered physical and psychological damage in North Korean detention. She has lodged an appeal against the decision.[imText2] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tomoyuki Kawazoe News By Tomoyuki Kawazoe – 2009.11.30 5:48pm
Daily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE News News By Daily NK – 2010.05.30 8:33am News News Facebook Twitter Shooting Nonsense in a Strange, Strange Land Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR J.S.: Your assistant director was Pak Jong-ju? F.B.: Don’t ask me about Korean names. Back than I was able to say his name correctly… Pak something? Pok? Pok? … Pak! That’s right!J.S.: Pak Jong-ju. I got his name from the North Koreans. He was your assistant and made sure you did the movie the way the North Koreans wanted it?F.B.: No. First of all, the North Koreans wanted to learn something. At the same time, he was a happy assistant. A very good boy. He had some problem with his family. Living with 10 or 15 people in one room… very, very difficult situation. But I couldn’t help him.J.S.: How was the language situation on the set?F.B.: I was talking English, usually. And many times, we used translators to speak to the Korean actors. Also, my second assistant spoke French. With Pak, I tried to speak English, but, you know, they don’t know much English… so, it was difficult. J.S.: You used a lot of interesting locations in the movie. Like the Koryo Hotel. I could see the reception desk with that world map behind it in the movie…F.B.: Yes, we did that because it was impossible to shoot at any other place. We shot at the hotel where we were staying. J.S.: You also shot in the subway…F.B.: The subway was the best. It was like a gift from the Russian government. Very big. We don’t have that in Europe. J.S.: And I recognized the temple, Pohyong Temple. Where Jason shoots Professor Larson. Actually, I saw the movie first and then went to the temple with a tour group that included some friends who had also seen the movie. The North Koreans wanted to explain to us, “This is this Buddha and that is that Buddha,” but I explained to everyone around, “Look, Professor Larson was standing there and Jason was standing there…”F.B.: (Laughing very loudly) That’s funny…J.S.: Where was that beach the movie starts with?F.B.: In the South. Very close to the border with South Korea. J.S.: Near Kaesong?F.B.: Exactly.J.S.: It’s a very beautiful landscape… What was your final impression of North Korea? Were you kind of glad to get out of there? In the end?F.B.: Hah! It was crazy. In the long shot, it was very frustrating… it had been a difficult time there…J.S.: Because, those two times I went there, when I walked out of the airport in Beijing after coming from Pyongyang, and I could suddenly walk around freely, with no guide around, it was like “I’m back in the free world!”F.B.: Yes, that’s what it feels like! I shot many movies in many parts of the world but North Korea was a unique experience.J.S.: Then, all the post-production was done here in Rome?F.B.: Yes.J.S.: Then, you did the screening for the North Koreans here, sent them the picture and that was the end of it?F.B.: Yes.J.S.: If you compare Ten Zan to your other films, what’s your impression of it?F.B.: It was very difficult. I couldn’t do the film the way I wanted… J.S.: Would you go there again to make another movie?F.B.: I used to say, “Yes”. But now, I think, it’s impossible. I’m too old now to work under these conditions. Back then, I was much younger, I was able to sort of pull it off…and as I found out later, thousands of people were starving to death in North Korea back then already.J.S.: It got worse. In 1988, the North Koreans still had the support of the Soviet Union and China. That changed soon after.F.B.: That’s right. J.S.: Do you still follow up the news from there? Many friends of mine who have been there, including me, can never stop getting the news from there, reading the official North Korean news for breakfast but also the South Korean news denouncing the situation in the North… we know lots of people are dying in North Korea… but for every visitor having been there, a certain, very troubled, fascination with that place remains somewhere in the mind… F.B.: Right, because it’s such a strange, unusual place. I turned the tape off. Baldi had told me that he had an appointment in one of the nearby RAI television centers and was in a hurry to get there. One final photo of the two of us, another pledge by him that he would get back to me after watching the tape, and he left. I called him a week later. He had seen the tape I had given him and was very confused. He said: “I was shocked when I saw it! The North Koreans must have re-cut the film after we gave it to them. I will find out. I ordered a tape of our original cut from the Italian producer. I can tell you more once I have seen that.” I called him several more times over the following weeks. He always found a reason why he hadn’t been able to watch the original cut…Well, the film had actually been released in theaters in a few countries during the 1980’s, Finland being one of them. In other markets, it was simply tossed out to the public on video. I managed to get hold of the Japanese video version, released under the title “Nasake-muyou no senshi”, which roughly translates to “Merciless Fighters”. Aside from the different title and the Japanese subtitles, it’s EXACTLY the same as the version of Ten Zan I saw in Pyongyang and later showed in Europe on a North Korean 35mm print. The same as the version on the tape I gave to Baldi. Toshiba, the Japanese release company, certainly bought the film from the Italians, not from the North Koreans. There is only one explanation to why the film features such a self-contradictory story: Baldi shot nonsense in the first place… in a strange land and under intense pressure from a strict government he couldn’t really figure out. No way to turn his material shot in North Korea into anything even remotely sane by using even the most advanced methods of Italian post-production. But then, hey, sanity and reason have always been the last thing on the minds of Italian exploitation directors! Hell, Baldi went out there, to one of the most inhospitable countries on Earth, shooting whatever he could! He was “a true example of globetrotting Italian filmmaker’s daredevil vitality” after all. Even though Italian cinema was already dying all around him… Ferdinando Baldi passed away in November 2007. Ten Zan was his last film. Rest in peace, Ferdinando! 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IE Staff Snowbirds win legal battle to reinstate out-of-province medical coverage Canadians increasingly want to retire gradually, either by reducing their regular schedules or taking longer vacations, according to a new survey released by Toronto-based Desjardins Insurance. The survey results showed that 75% of respondents planned to transition into retirement over time, rather than stopping work suddenly. Related news Survey finds Canadians aren’t sure how much they’ll need for retirement This is particularly true for younger Canadians aged 18 to 39 (76%) and for those aged 40 to 64 (66%). Interestingly, over half of respondents aged 65 and up also agreed that they planned to retire gradually. The survey results also indicated that the desire for a transitional retirement isn’t determined by the respondents’ perceptions of their financial situation. Even those with excellent, very good or good financial security are as likely to prefer this method as those whose financial security is fair or poor. “The traditional notion of retirement — of packing up your office at the end of your last day and completely changing your life — is ending,” says Angela Iermieri, financial planner with Desjardins Group. “Smart organizations will support this change in their workplaces to help address the huge pressures that will be created as baby boomers make this shift.” Iermieri suggests that facilitating gradual retirement will have benefits for everyone in the coming decade. “Supporting the most experienced, knowledgeable staff to remain in the workforce in a transitional way allows employers to take advantage of their strengths, while they mentor younger workers who bring new skills and energy. Demographic patterns will soon create a critical shortage of experienced workers that transitional retirement can help address.” Most of the survey respondents feel that a gradual transition is best for them, with 86% of respondents aiming for this goal. But more than half of respondents who stated that they planned to retire abruptly felt that gradual retirement would not be an option for them. When asked how their employers could do to help them to transition into retirement, respondents suggested that continued health benefits were a critical incentive. Other important incentives included: an interesting offer in terms of tasks, workplace and team; a less demanding position; better salary; and new challenges. SOM Surveys, Opinion Polls and Marketing conducted this web survey on behalf of Desjardins Financial Security from Dec, 5 to 12, 2012. In total, 2 037 questionnaires were completed with a sample of Canadian web panellists aged 18 years and over. Desjardins Insurance is part of Quebec City-based Desjardins Group, the country’s leading co-operative financial group. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Earnings surge for Great-West Lifeco in Q4 Keywords Retirement Share this article and your comments with peers on social media
See More Videos The proposed legislation is a start. Commercial Drivers Creating a zero tolerance approach prohibiting commercial drivers from having the presence of either alcohol and/or drugs in their system, as detected by a federally approved screening device.Wait. Wasn’t there always some kind of law on the books that commercial drivers had to be stone sober? Nope. They currently just have to be regular sober. Like the rest of us who aren’t driving with a G1, G2, M1, M2, or are 21 years of age or under. Who knew?The headlines are trumpeting the coming changes relating to marijuana use, and how police will be detecting and charging those who drive under the influence. Forget all the sky-is-falling alarmists; people have been using dope and driving as long as they’ve been using alcohol and hitting the road. Cops know it, and have been looking for all manner of impairment, always. They didn’t always have the tools they needed to push charges, and this proposed legislation will help that.But the proposed changes regarding commercial drivers is sliding under the radar. This is huge. But I’d go one step farther: it should apply to all drivers driving for a commercial purpose, too. Like cabbies and Uber drivers and pizza delivery people. I asked Ministry of Transportation spokesman Bob Nichols what the proposed changes were actually targeting.RELATED Trending Videos Trending in Canada COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 School children take part in the 12th annual First Riders event at Northlands, in Edmonton. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Talk about burying the lead.Queen’s Park has proposed new rules and regulations for Ontario surrounding the impending Canadian legalization of pot. Stiffer fines, better detection (look for drugalylzers, tested last year in several parts of Canada and used in many other countries) and more licence suspensions. All good; getting impaired drivers, regardless of what that impairment is from, is the right step.But buried beneath that headline, several paragraphs in, is something more interesting, at least to me: PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Motor Mouth: Hysteria over ‘high driving’ is all half-baked“The proposed zero tolerance requirement for the presence of a drug or alcohol in the body of commercial drivers is not expected to apply to Uber drivers, as they operate vehicles that are not considered by the Highway Traffic Act to be commercial vehicles similar to large trucks, school buses and transit vehicles.”How is it not already law that school bus drivers can’t have any alcohol in their system, or any other drug? Hearing about a drunk school bus driver is not an everyday occurrence, but it happens, like here, and here and here. Come to think of it, once is too often. The new legislation would affect those commercial drivers of large vehicles, but most commercial hauling companies have an in-house statute already regarding blood alcohol levels. It varies in different places, but in most western countries, it’s a variation of the requirements faced by airline pilots. Some states institute their own BAC level for rig drivers beginning at .02, for instance, instead of .05 for the general population. Many restrict alcohol consumption within 24 hours of a shift. The trucking industry takes it seriously, but it was news to me that government legislation is only now looking at formalizing this in Ontario for these operators.A commercial driver’s licence (CDL) covers vehicles such as heavy rigs, school buses and dump trucks; taxis, Ubers and pizza delivery drivers can get along fine with just a G licence. But once you cross into the realm driving for any commercial purpose, rules should be more stringent. Anyone driving for a designated commercial purpose, whether they’re hauling goods or schoolchildren or drunk partygoers, should be legally required to have a zero alcohol and drug level in their system.